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Posted in: LDP campaign speech See in context

Vote for us and we will....er....er....continue to....um.....um.... gambarimasu. yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

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Posted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles See in context

The grimace on their faces seems a bit more than the usual. Perhaps somebody might not be getting a bonus this summer?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,788 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 23,269 See in context

That's a big jump - almost double last Sunday. Must be BA.5. Hope the government doesn't overreact and raise the drawbridge over the summer vacation.

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Posted in: China's Xi: No reason to change Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' formula See in context

One Country, Two Systems must be a private joke that Xi tells his friends in Beijing. Of course Xi would say nothing in HK needs to change because that other system is now also called - Do what Pooh says/wants or go to jail!

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Posted in: Court dismisses sex business firm's damages claim over virus handout snub See in context

Courts in Japan generally side with govt or big business, so this is no surprise. Shoulda offered the judges something extra.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,517 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,572 See in context

Would be nice to know which variant is prevalent. It is omicron 4 or 5 behind the uptick in numbers I wonder?

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Posted in: Asian stocks rebound as Wall Street futures gain after holiday See in context

Why on earth do they feel they have to show everyday people walking past the board? Very odd. I don't even think these people noticed they were being photographed let alone that stock prices are up 1.4% (yawn). They didn't even look. I can't wait till next next week when we'll see people fanning themselves while they walk past the board. For a real photo they could let a real bear loose to demonstrate a point.

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Posted in: BTS break sparks debate on activism, military exemptions See in context

I for one appreciate the break.

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Posted in: Kishida, BOJ chief discuss rapid fall of yen See in context

BoJ is not really independent. He got his instructions. Watch the next few days.

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Posted in: Russia advances in battle for eastern Ukraine city as NATO warns of long war See in context

I don't believe it will be a long war because support for Ukraine will likely peter out over the next two to three months as more pressing economic concerns come to dominate headlines. Ukraine's hardline stance against negotiating land for peace, noble as it is, is not sustainable. Russian, on the other hand, despite having morale problems, is in a far better situation to continue the war while exports of oil continue flowing. Sooner or later Ukraine will have to concede. It should pick its moment and do so while it has a position of relative strength.

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Posted in: North Korea says hundreds of families ill with intestinal disease See in context

I just wonder why NK is telling the world anything at all about this. They normally wouldn't. So, is this a play for sympathy? Perhaps they want to appear human (right before they test more nukes), which of course is all about propping up they Kim dynasty as seen in the photo. Nice of them to share their stash of meds. What I want to know is will we get to see the Kim mark 4 soon?

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Posted in: Bank of Japan keeps monetary easing policy despite U.S., Europe rate hikes See in context

Tightening monetary policy/raising interest rates would have very little effect on inflation in Japan anyway. The only effect it might have is to strengthen the yen slightly and offset increasing prices of imports and raw materials. Kuroda has pretty much ruled that out. Sit pat and watch stagflation run its course

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Posted in: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan See in context

How do they know they will pass and graduate?

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Posted in: N Korea appoints veteran diplomat as first female foreign minister See in context

No doubt she'll be able to put her fluent English skills to work by insulting the U.S in the creative but wacky NK style we've all come to expect.

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Posted in: Ukraine fears a long war might cause West to lose interest See in context

He's right. The West will lose interest, perhaps gradually. This might be very unpopular but I think he needs to be a bit more flexible in terms of negotiating with Russia and be willing to cede something in order to get peace - much like Finland did. If he doesn't I think Ukraine will lose more.

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Posted in: Parts of Shanghai return to lockdown; Beijing district shuts entertainment venues See in context

Perhaps their own vaccines give little to no protection

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Posted in: Docomo, NTT to collaborate on 6G experimental trials with mobile technology vendors See in context

Sounds great but will it come unlimited cheap data? Hope so. I rip through my data plan too fast at 4G.

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Posted in: Monetary tightening not suitable at all: BOJ chief Kuroda See in context

So he's just betting that there will be no wage inflation in Japan above 2 percent. Could be true. Unions are very weak in Japan. And a weak yen will support some sectors of the economy.

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Posted in: De Klerk latest World Cup-winning Springbok heading to Japan See in context

And I'm sure he'll be joining the many other 30-somethings cashing in. Good for him.

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Posted in: Shanghai eases COVID curbs in step toward ending lockdown See in context

Clearly there's been a change in policy (by Poo himself?) regarding the pointless lockdowns. This has nothing to do with the numbers, which of course will just go up again as soon as the lockdowns end and travel reconvenes. As with everything in China, the numbers will be fudged and the facts/truth will have to fall in line with govt propaganda. It seems the economic pain was too much to bear. "Congratulations China - you have beaten it again!" will be the new line.

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Posted in: Security guard arrested in Shizuoka for abandoning 13 liters of urine at pachinko parlor See in context

Pretty high up there on the weirdness scale. And what's more scary is they have a name for it in Japan.

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Posted in: Gov't warns of risks to stable food supply amid Ukraine crisis See in context

More scare tactics to help justify raising subsidies for their LDP supporting farmers and related businesses instead of allowing more imports.

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Posted in: Amazon delivery pressure hurting workers, labor group says See in context

Amaslaves until they unionize.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 232,880 suspected COVID-19 cases See in context

Kim Jong Un blaming others to cover up for his own incompetence. OMG - he caught Trumpitis.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs ¥2.7 tril draft extra budget to fight inflation See in context

According to BOJ Japan does not to end QE as they believe Japan does not face significatant inflationary pressures. Meanwhile the government will spend money by issuing bonds to fight inflation? Printing money to fight inflation is not a sound long-term strategy. I think they are just praying the war in Ukraine/lockdowns in China end and imported prices fall. If they dont, there will be stagflation.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 270,000 new fever cases amid COVID crisis See in context

NK is one big petri dish at the moment. Lets hope no nasty variants emerge.

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Posted in: Japan's wholesale prices jump record 10% in April See in context

Inflation will be like Corona. Ignored by politicians/BOJ because they aren't the ones struggling, and it is harder to do something about it than to sit on your butt and collect your paycheck until your term is over. Expect more announcement from the BOJ telling the plebs not to worry as it's just temporary inflationary pressures and everything is under control.

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Posted in: Kim slams North Korea pandemic response; deploys army See in context

Deploying the army is another stupid move (behind not accepting vaccinations). Aside from not having any effective medicine to to distribute did he not get the message that it is the army spreading the disease after their super-spreader parades.

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Posted in: BOJ chief rejects scaling back monetary easing as Japan 'different' from U.S., Europe See in context

Wishful thinking that somehow Japan is different and inflation will not take off here as it has elsewhere. Plays into that narrative that Japan is somehow unique and special. Total BS, and shows the BOJ is not really independent. Inflation is increasing right now and the BOJ knows this. Stagflation is something the politicians are willing to accept. What they do not want to see, or be part of, is rising interest rates which will increase costs of Govt borrowing and thereby reduce spending, and drive many indebted companies to the wall. Expect the yen to remain weak and anything imported to cost a lot more.

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Posted in: U.S., Russian defense chiefs speak for 1st time since invasion See in context

Yes. It would be interesting to hear how many times the Russians used nyet in that one-hour conversation.

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